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A legacy in agriculture bears fruit; Chaves County resident honored as Farm Family of the Year

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Brad Houston, center, is surrounded by his family during the awards banquet of the 100th annual meeting of the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau. Also pictured, from left: Bobbie Doyle, Dorothy Kiser, Ron Doyle, Debbie Langley, Rocky Langley, Houston, Janet Sobien, Kristy Mason, Glenn Mason, Caden Mason, Hunter Mason and New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau President Craig Ogden. (Submitted Photo)

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LAS CRUCES — Brad Houston, a long time agricultural advocate, was named Farm Family of the Year by the state’s largest agriculture organization at the 100th annual meeting of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

Houston started the vocational agriculture program at Roswell High School in 1953. He remained the Ag instructor for 14 years before moving to Las Cruces where he accepted a position as the instructor of agriculture engineering classes at New Mexico State University.

In 1970 he and his wife Elaine Houston moved to Arrey to run the family dairy. At the time, Price-Black Farms was home of the largest Guernsey herd in the U.S., milking over 1,700 cows. It was during this time when Brad Houston became active in New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, serving as president for Sierra County Farm and Livestock Bureau. He was also president of the Sandoval County Farm and Livestock Bureau when he and and his wife moved to Bernalillo in 1977.

In 1982, Brad Houston and Elaine Houston returned to Roswell, where he was the vice president and general manager of Price’s Roswell Farms. There they milked 2,400 cows, raised replacement heifers and bulls and sold herd sires to other dairies. Brad Houston was instrumental in improving cow genetics to make the dairy one of the best in the southwest.

Houston joined the Chaves County Farm and Livestock Bureau Board and remains an active member and supporter of agricultural education outreach efforts. He also served on the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau State Board from 2005 to 2015. Brad Houston is the Ag representative to the Chaves County Chamber of Commerce and helps sponsor and coordinate the Rise with Roswell Agriculture Business Breakfast.

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“Brad has worked tirelessly through his Farm Bureau activities to promote agriculture in our state,” said Craig Ogden, president of the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau. “We thank him for all he does.”

New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau is a 19,000 member organization comprised of farmers and ranchers, and those who are interested in private property rights and a local food supply. NMF&LB is the state’s largest, private agricultural organization and was founded in 1917. For more information, call 575-532-4700 or visit nmflb.org.